What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Zocor?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug if you have:
Let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Of Chinese descent
  • Pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Zocor and Pregnancy)
  • Breastfeeding
  • About to undergo a procedure or surgery
  • A frequent user of alcohol.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, antacids, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Zocor Precautions and Warnings for more information, including information on who should not take the drug.)

Are There Alternatives?

In general, cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (for example, weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, cholesterol medication, such as Zocor, may be necessary.
The main goal of high cholesterol medication is to lower LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to high cholesterol, such as heart disease or a heart attack (see Effects of High Cholesterol). The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be.
(Click High Cholesterol Risk to see what your risk is and what your LDL cholesterol level should be.)
Because Zocor can lower LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol, and can increase HDL, a person can lower his or her risk of developing serious problems by taking the medication.
For most people, Zocor is quite effective at lowering cholesterol. It is also generally well tolerated. Side effects can occur, however, and people may wish to consider a substitute, such as other statins or other cholesterol medicines.
(Click Substitute for Zocor to learn more.)
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